Illegal Blood Trading Racket Busted in Lucknow
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26 August 2009
A gang involved in illegal blood trading was busted in Lucknow. Police arrested six persons and recovered nearly 100 units of blood from them. Investigations revealed that the racket involves some big names, hospitals in the city as well.
Lucknow Police has unearthed a racket involved in illegal blood trading. The racket was busted with an arrest of six persons from a hideout in Thakurganj area of the state capital and recovered nearly 100 units of blood from them. Initial investigations have revealed that the racket involves some big names, hospitals and pathology in the city as well.
The gang used to buy blood from professional donors like drug addicts, rickshaw pullers and beggars and mixed saline water in it to make three units from one unit of blood. Thus adulterated blood was being circulated in the city. The gang sold blood in regular pouches but with fake government certification. In some cases, patients were even supplied incorrect blood group and animal blood. In India, blood can be voluntarily bartered or bought from registered blood banks only. But with the involvement of some known blood banks, a stricter norm is required. The adulteration in blood is against humanity. It is hard to believe that in lieu of making money, these people are playing with the lives of citizens.
Police will be conducting few more raids in the city but it remains to be seen whether the big names involved in the racket are nabbed or not. The police had clues that some prominent private blood banks in the Aliganj, Vikas Nagar, Mahanagar areas of the capital and around the Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University (CSMMU) campus were also involved in the racket and their names would soon be made public.
It has been some time since this racket was busted but there has been no word from Food and Drug Administration officials. FDA is supposed to monitor the affairs of medicine stores and blood banks.